Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

A near ace and a big win for Dustin Johnson at Kapalua

A near ace and a big win for Dustin Johnson at Kapalua

Johnson has put on quite the display in recent days, and this incredible drive on the 12th hole sums up his magnificent form coming into January's tournament at Kapalua.

Spain's Jon Rahm had some week, too, finishing second, a result that saw him become only the fourth player to reach a world top-three ranking before the age of 24 after Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

Forget dropping a six-shot final round lead at the World Golf Championships - HSBC Champions in China late a year ago.

I think you're being a tad harsh on yourself, here.

This one wasn't even close.

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If you thought the fictional Happy Gilmore could smack a ball hundreds of miles, then you haven't seen real life pro-golfer Dustin Johnson let one rip from 400 yards.

Johnson claims he'd forgotten all about China until media reminded him of it. "I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air, and it did. I didn't want it to have to come down to the last couple holes", he said.

In Maui this week he had extended his lead to four shots after just three holes on Sunday.

When he was in this sort of mood a year ago he won three straight events at the Genesis Open, World Golf Championships - Mexico Championship and the World Golf Championships - Dell Match Play. A freak accident knocked him out of the year's first major before play started. "More for myself and confidence, after what happened in Shanghai, I wanted to prove to myself that I still. that ain't going to happen again". He was consistent and impressive through all four rounds, shooting 69-68-66-65-268. "If my mind's wandering and thinking about other things, then I'm not going to have a good day", Johnson said.

"But everything's going in the right direction".

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